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D.O.G. Certified Named OnDeck’s Small Business of the Month

Company CEO recently secured financing from OnDeck to purchase additional product and ensure consistent cash flow.

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(PRESS RELEASE) OnDeck, an online small-business lender, has announced that dog nutrition company Do Only Good Certified (D.O.G.) of Westlake Village, CA, is the company’s Small Business of the Month for September 2019. The family-owned business produces super-premium dog food manufactured in the United States for sale to independent distributors and their retailers.

D.O.G. founder and CEO Rick Pack became interested in the pet food industry after a long and distinguished career in advertising. A devoted dog owner, Pack was always seeking out the healthiest food for his dogs. When he began researching exactly what was in the various meals his dogs were eating, he was deeply disappointed with its nutritional content.

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“The dog food industry is comprised of many brands that make claims about their quality, but were not coming close to providing the nutrition that dogs require,” says Pack. “I saw a real need to increase the healthiness of dog food by using responsibly sourced ingredients and nutrition science to go beyond what the industry termed ‘quality’. From the beginning, our goal has been to create super premium products which help ensure a long, happy, and healthy life for pets.”

In 2016, Pack met Randy Johnson, one of the foremost pet nutritionists in the industry. Bonding over their shared passion to create healthier food options for dogs, the duo created Do Only Good certified pet nutrition recipes founded on a philosophy of single-sourced meat and fish proteins that include ingredients certified for organic use.

After years of research and testing their recipes, D.O.G. Certified officially launched in January 2019. All the company’s products are formulated by Johnson and feature a variety of single meat and fish proteins including beef, chicken, duck, lamb, turkey and white fish.

Veterinarians are increasingly recommending rotational diets for dogs and that’s the perfect use for our products,” says Johnson. “Our D.O.G. Certified formulas were specifically created as a rotational feeding system which ensures variety in a dog’s diet while helping prevent the risk of digestive issues and allergic reactions.”

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Following its launch earlier this year, Pack and Johnson have focused on a targeted product roll out strategy. The company’s Kibble, Canned and Pumpkin products are now available to independent distributors in the Pacific Northwest, Upper Midwest and New England regions of the United States. Pack and Johnson say their goal is to make D.O.G Certified a national brand.

To help realize that goal of taking D.O.G. Certified national, Pack recently secured financing from OnDeck to purchase additional product and ensure consistent cash flow.

“We are proud to support D.O.G. Certified as it expands on its mission of creating healthy nutrition options for dogs,” says Andrea Gellert, chief Revenue Officer, OnDeck. “Rick and Dr. Johnson are great examples of entreprenuers who look at how things are currently done and decide it can be done better. We congratulate them on being named OnDeck’s Small Business of the Month for September, 2019!”

To date, OnDeck has provided more than $1.7 billion in online financing to small businesses in the state of California.

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Woof Gang Bakery Unleashes First Ohio Store in Cleveland

Grand opening celebration will last through Dec. 21.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Woof Gang Bakery will celebrate the opening of the company’s first Ohio store with a grand opening event through Dec 21.

The new Woof Gang Bakery location in Shaker Heights is a locally owned franchise, offering professional pet grooming and a wide selection of healthy pet foods, gourmet baked treats, toys, accessories and pet supplies.

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The grand opening celebration is in full swing and will last through Dec. 21. Throughout the event, customers can enter to win “pawsome” raffle prizes including free pet food for a year, free dog treats for a year, stylish collar and leash sets, a gift basket filled with dog toys and more pet pampering products. Customers will also receive an upgrade on all pet grooming appointments booked during the grand opening period.

Ohio natives Natalee and Joe Gilk are the franchise owners of the new Woof Gang Bakery store. They are eager to provide customers and their pets with wholesome pet foods, quality products and full-service pet grooming in a welcoming, neighborhood setting.

With Joe’s 26 years of experience in the pet industry, the Gilks bring expertise and commitment to the well-being of their furry clientele.

“Because we adore animals and know that pets are a part of our families, it’s our goal to provide our customers with personalized service, meet their individual needs and provide them with the best products and grooming services to keep their pets healthy and happy,” said Natalee Gilk.

Natalee and Joe share a customer-focused business approach and enjoy meeting neighbors and their pets. The couple is committed to being a positive force in the local community and animal rescue. Their own family includes a rescued miniature Dachshund named Cloe.

Woof Gang Bakery is a specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development in the U.S.

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iHeartDogs.com Holiday Dog Shelter Food Drive Tops 1.3M Meals

The goal had been 500,000 meals in four days.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Online retailer and pet media sensation iHeartDogs.com announced the results of its fundraiser from Black Friday to Cyber Monday shopping on iHeartDogs.

“We launched an ambitious goal to raise 500,000 meals in just four days which had never been done before and our community responded in ways that completely blew our minds. Together we raised 1,300,000+ meals for shelter dogs in need. It was a Christmas Miracle,” said Justin Palmer iHeartDogs.com CEO.

The iHeartDogs.com team then launched its Christmas Miracle event a few days later — with partners GreaterGood and ZestyPaws — surprising 10 rescues with much needed meals, supplies and beds to get as much of the donations out as possible for the holiday season. Rescues were surprised with neatly wrapped pallets of food, a social media corner to showcase dogs that need a home and surprises for the pups.

The entire event was made possible by the what the iHeartDogs team calls their true Heroes — customers who choose to shop on iHeartDogs.com and make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs everywhere.

“We are so thankful for all the heroes who join us at iHeartDogs.com to do incredible things in the world — we couldn’t do this without them” said Marshall Morris, president.

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Cat Writers Conference Looking for Speakers

It’s set for July 16-18 in Woodbridge, NJ.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Cat Writers’ Association announced its call for speakers for its 26th annual conference and awards banquet at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge, NJ, July 16-18, 2020.

The association is looking for industry leaders, motivators and creative talents to present dynamic and educational sessions. CWA is seeking proposals for sessions, workshops and panels that will inspire, motivate and empower attendees. Proposals are accepted for various forms of written, visual and audio media platforms to further all stages of their careers and business development. Emphasis will be put on speakers who may have not spoken at a CWA conference before, or those with new content.

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Examples of topics, include but are not limited to: how to pitch agents and editors, making career moves that lead to increased income, publishing in all its aspects (print and e-books, magazines, online, etc.), grammar tips, editing skills, social media growth and development, tips on column, anthology, or fiction writing and back-to-basics skill workshops.

Proposals will also be welcomed on topics such as: smartphone photography and videography, workshops on how to use photo editing and digital design programs for social media platforms, effective podcast or public speaking, using humor to educate, communicating with cat-speak and casual language and more.

CWA is an organization devoted to sharing positive and relevant communications and information about anything cat-related to the general public; sessions do not have to specifically pertain to cats. CWA welcomes a variety of sessions, some of them cat-centric in nature, but for the most part, sessions should be able to stand on their own, educating and informing in a general sense.

The CWA is a nonprofit organization and is unable to offer monetary compensation for travel or presenting. Speakers receive a ticket to the full conference venue as well as one-night hotel room accommodations at the host hotel. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.

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